20 Great Uses for Fresh Herbs

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Every week we try to include some herbs in our CSA bags. We also allow our CSA members, who visit us at the market, to choose any herbs they want at no charge. We do this because fresh herbs not only make food and drinks taste great, they also are very good for you. Almost all herbs are very high in antioxidants. Even so, many people complain they don’t know how to use fresh herbs. So, I put together this simple list. Using herbs is not an exact science. It is more like just chop a bunch up and use them in almost anything. Below are some great ideas. If you have some, I would love to hear about them!

  1. Make herb water by putting a handful of your favorite whole herbs in a big pitcher of fresh water. Adding a few slices of lemon makes it even better.

  2. Chop herbs on top of your omelet in the morning. Chives, parsley and tarragon are especially suitable for this.

  3. Toss any type of vegetable with olive oil, chopped herbs and garlic. Cut the veggies up into similar sized pieces and toss with oil and garlic and roast.

  4. Make an herb crust for meat. Chop a bunch of your favorite herbs with plenty of salt and garlic. Spread in a thick crust on meat. Let sit a few hours then roast or grill.

  5. Sauté chopped herbs and garlic in real butter. When fragrant, add your favorite chopped greens and cook until wilted.

  6. Add olive oil, chopped herbs, and parmesan to the top of tomatoes halves, then roast.

  7. Make mashed potatoes or turnips and load them with chopped herbs.

  8. Make an herb frittata by sautéing herbs, onions, sausage, and vegetables. Then add beaten eggs, top with cheese and bake until firm.

  9. Sauté leeks and a bunch of chopped herbs in butter. Add goat cheese and let it all melt. Stuff into chicken breasts with pockets cut into them and bake until done.

  10. Bonnies tomato basil salad

  11. Add chopped herbs to salads. Parsley, basil, cilantro, mint, and dill are especially good for this.

  12. Make a Caprice salad with fresh tomatoes, basil and any other chopped herbs you like.

  13. Put chopped herbs in egg salad. Parsley, tarragon, and dill work well.

  14. Make a fresh herb vinaigrette by combining your favorite chopped herbs, a squirt of Dijon mustard, salt, pepper, and an oil to vinegar ratio of 3-1 (3/4 oil and ¼ vinegar).

  15. Make a fresh tabbouleh salad with fresh parsley and mint.

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  17. Chop a bunch of your favorite herbs and put them on buttered (or olive oil) pasta with parmesan.

  18. Chop a bunch of your favorite herbs and put them on top of a homemade pizza.

  19. Add a handful of mint to your iced tea pitcher.

  20. Make thyme and honey cough syrup by boiling thyme in a little water. Remove the thyme and add honey.

  21. Use a TON of mixed herbs when you make bone broth.

  22. Top your favorite chili, soup, stew, or borscht with chopped parsley, chives, cilantro or dill.

Eat your veggies, and your herbs,
Robin

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One Response to 20 Great Uses for Fresh Herbs

  1. Loretta says:

    Thanks, Robin, for all the suggestions. I keep a container of “herb tea” in the refrigerator that is made by steeping mixed fresh herbs in just about boiling water for several hours. I discard the herbs, refrigerate, and drink a glass of the tea at least twice a day.

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